It is perhaps easy to look at Molise as an extension of Abruzzo, characterised as it is by a coastline closely flanked by significant mountains and a shared tradition of making wines predominantly from Trebbiano and Montepulciano. Molise, however, is also influenced by its southern neighbour, Campania, with limited production of their principal autochthonous grapes, Aglianico and Falanghina. And although Molise is not a huge producer of wine, there are three more famous regions that it substantially outstrips (in quantity terms at least) Basilicata, Liguria and Valle d’Aosta. Very little of this production leaves the region, however, and it is next to impossible to gain a good understanding of the local wines without actually visiting.
Principal denominations: Biferno DOC, Molise DOC, Pentro di Isernia Doc, Tintilia del Molise DOC
Important white varieties: Trebbiano, Falanghina
Important red varieties: Montepulciano, Tintilia, Aglianico